Two Day | Butchery and Meat Processing August 2022


Sat 27th and Sun 28th August 2022

Tutors:        Taiamai Corker
Location:    Koanga Institute, Kotare Road, Wairoa
                          Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. 
Time:           9am – 4pm daily

Full price $476

Early bird discount price of $434 available 


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Taiamai is a butcher and farmer who specifically loves his Wiltshire Horn Sheep, Large Black Pigs, his poultry and his Dexter cows, and loves to share his passion and skill at butchering and meat processing in a way that makes it totally accessible for all.

This is a practical workshop to learn home butchering skills for small animals: poultry, goats, pigs and sheep. This is a basic course to support you in this.

The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate respectful, effective and efficient ways to kill and process animals, with simple technology, in preparation for inclusion in your family’s diet with a particular focus on using the whole animal.

Major Butchery Topics Covered:
• Outlining issues of hygiene, diseases, and regulations
• Understanding tools to use, maintenance and sharpening
• General principles of killing
• Killing, skinning and dressing sheep and goats
• Killing and dressing a pig
• Killing, plucking and dressing poultry
• Maximising use of offal
• Cutting and preparing meat

Meat Processing Topics Covered:
• Salting
• Smoking
• Bacon
• Sausages
• Salami
• Pate


Meals Included Here at Koanga we are very aware of how important food is to eco-systems, people, cultures, communities and ultimately our health. 

All food served on our courses is:

  • Locally Sourced
  • Organic
  • Unrefined
  • Nutrient Dense
  • Traditional
  • Prepared following Weston A. Price principles 

We will not be catering for food preference or intolerance. If you have any concerns regarding this please contact us with your queries [email protected] so we can further discuss.

Camping Facilities Included We have set this workshop up so you are able to camp onsite and use our facilities. You’re also welcome to stay somewhere in Wairoa at your own cost, if you prefer. If you are coming from far away and wish to arrive the night before and leave the day after the workshop you will need to let us know. Usually people arrange their own food and their own cooking facilities during this time.

About Koanga: The Koanga Institute, the Permaculture Research Institute of Wairoa New Zealand, is well known internationally for producing highly competent and knowledgeable students and teachers. For your benefit, we run multiple courses, offer an extensive searchable knowledge-base, publish high quality books and instruction manuals, have internships, apprenticeships and multiple other learning opportunities in organic living, Permaculture, Thorny Croft animals, appropriate technology and alternative building methods.

The workshops, apprenticeships and internships are for anyone interested in living sustainably, designing their own lives and empowering change in their communities. Koanga Institutes range of leading edge courses impart knowledge and practical skills that will empower you to be more self-reliant and resilient in supporting your family and your local community. These include learning about growing highly mineralized microbially active soil, the basis for nutrient dense food (beyond organic) and holistic health, preparing and acquiring nutrient dense food, many other workshops

Please note: The Workshop will be confirmed two weeks before it begins. If circumstances prevent the Workshop from going ahead, enrolment fees will be refunded in full.

Payment Options: We can offer an option for you to pay off the Workshop in installments; providing that the workshop has been paid for in full no later than 2 weeks before the start date. To ask further questions, secure your place or organise payment options please e-mail [email protected]

Cancellation Policy: Students who cancel their place at a workshop with more than three weeks notice will be given an 85% refund, however cancellations after this time can only be refunded 50% of the course fee. Cancellations with less than 48 hours, no refund can be given.

Feedback from some of the participants on previous butchery workshops

“Learnt a whole lot and really appreciated being able to work right through from live sheep to jointed carcass, sausages and salami.  Taiamai has so much knowledge, a great teacher, I really valued his European experience.  Food, was great!  Many Thanks.”


“Had an ‘amaaaaazing’ time on the butchery course.  I was a bit intimidated when I signed up, but while it was pretty challenging, we weren’t forced to do anything we weren’t comfortable doing.  The food was divine and we were so chuffed that our paleo diet was accommodated in such a delicious way!”


“A really great course.  Met a lot of like minded people and learned plenty over the week.  The food was fantastic and always more than enough.  Awesome learning environment with a really good teacher.  Thanks heaps.”


“The butchery workshop was amazing, Taiamai’s ability to teach based on principles and process made for quite an effective learning environment, with the freedom to ‘give it a go’ and learn directly from our own mistakes and triumphs.  I feel confident coming away that the knowledge and perspective gained will bring a lot of value to my life.”